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British aristocrat sentenced to 10 months in prison for sexual assault at his castle

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Simon Bowes-Lyon, the the Earl of Strathmore, leaves (R) court after being sentenced to jail for 10 months for sexually assaulting a woman on February 23, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bowes-Lyon, a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to forcing his way into the room of a guest at Glamis Castle, where he was hosting a function, and assaulting her. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A relative of Queen Elizabeth II has been jailed for 10 months for sexual assault, after forcing his way into a woman's bedroom and attacking her at his Scottish castle last year.

Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to sexually assaulting the woman during an event being held at Glamis Castle in February 2020.

The court heard that the woman was attending a three-day public relations event at the castle and had gone to bed when a drunk Bowes-Lyon went to her room at ​around 1:20 a. m. He persuaded her to ​open the door, and then pushed her onto the bed, assaulted her ​and refused to leave over the course of 20 minutes.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael laid out the details of the assault in court, describing how Bowes-Lyon had grabbed the woman by her breast and genitals, pushed her against a wall, attempted to lift her nightdress and ​"repeatedly shut the bedroom door when she tried to open it​," according to the court sentencing.

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